Category Archives: Search

Starting your College Research: Student life

The last two post focused on exploring the academic experience. Today’s focuses on what happens outside of class. Click on teh tab for student life. For example, let’s look at Lewis and Clark, with about 2200 undergraduates, it is a classic resdential Liberal arts and science college in Portalnd, Oregon. 70% live on campus. How about yours? Probably the percentage is much higher in freshman and sophomore year which will create a dynamic energy and provide instant access to friends. Feeling more independent after a couple of years, you could move off campus. You might want to keep close though beause Lewis and Clark has 100 registered clubs and oranizations. Scan through the list and see how many you might want to join–Cuba club? Rugby (Men and women), Mock trial, Slam poetry, psychology club, SCUBA, and oh so many more. How active are the clubs and organizations you want to join? How well organized are they? These will not only be your kindred spirits, but these organizations give you a chance to develop skills. Indeed Gallup has found that that you are more than 1.8 times likely to be engaged in work if you were extremely active in extra curricular activities during college. Moreover, you are 1.4 times likely to be thriving in all areas of wellbeing. 

What a lot of people do not realise is just how much times you have when you are not in class. Sure, you should be studying some of that time (2-4 hours per hour you spend in class). This still leaves a significant amount of time to get invovled. Before you do, you should be brainstorming types of experiences you want to have in college. Certainly some of them might have to do with what you did in high school. ut college is about expanding your horizons. 

Retrun to student review sites like Unigo and Niche

College brochures may be deceptive

Who knew? For years, college counselors have observed that New England colleges usually had pictures of the fall leaves, but rarely snow, urban colleges managed to get tree lined shots, while almost every liberal arts college had classes being taught outdoors. Sure you might actually experience these things if you went to that particular college (You know tilt your head just so and squint), but the brochures suggested promised something more. Now a team of researchers has actually examined students portrayed in brochures and come to a startling conclusion: They are deceptive. 

“Diversity is something that’s being marketed,” Pippert says. “They’re trying to sell a campus climate, they’re trying to sell a future. Campuses are trying to say, ‘If you come here, you’ll have a good time, and you’ll fit in.’ “

Pippert and his researchers looked at more than 10,000 images from college brochures, comparing the racial breakdown of students in the pictures to the colleges’ actual demographics. They found that, overall, the whiter the school, the more diversity depicted in the brochures, especially for certain groups.

Pursuing industrial design

What is industrial design?
“Industrial design is the study of human nature.”
~ Tom Matano

Why is it important?

There is a great Youtube Chanel with lots of videos like this one.

And which colleges offer great Industrial design programs?

Core 77 offers up great advice from Choosing a design school and making your portfolio.

Bloomberg (2007) catalogues the best in theworld. Here is the most recent version. 

 

According to Design Intelligence magazine, they hold the following as offering the best undergraduate programs in the US

Industrial Design, Undergraduate

  • 1. Art Center College of Design
  • 1. University of Cincinnati
  • 3. Pratt Institute
  • 3. Rhode Island School of Design
  • 3. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 6. Auburn University
  • 6. College for Creative Studies
  • 6. Savannah College of Art and Design
  • 9. Carnegie Mellon
  • 9. Syracuse University

Collegeweek Live is hosting a special event for International students.

International Day

FEBRUARY 20TH, 2013 10:00AM – 12:00AM GMT (5:00AM – 7:00PM EST)

Are you intrigued by the idea of attending university abroad? Join us today for International Students Day, a free online event dedicated to helping you decide if studying overseas is right for you.

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    New Australian University Search tool

    The challenge of finding the right fit when it comes to your college search is definitely one that gives me a lot of concern. Click on Search and Tips in the categories and you can see I have profiled many tools and techniques for helping you understand yourself and find the right university. While America has many searchable databases, most other countries have few. For Australia, we relied on the uberagent IDP and Study in Australia, neither of which were particularly satisfying. Now the Australian Government gets in the game with My University. This new website allows user an inside glimpse at such items as:

    • fees,
    • courses,
    • course cut-offs,
    • lecturer qualifications,
    • student satisfaction rates,
    • graduate employment outcomes,
    • enrolment numbers, and
    • student/staff ratios.

    According to the Canberra Times, students can also discover “It also provides information on each university’s services and amenities – from childcare places, car parking, bus routes, supermarkets, banks and pubs on campus to student welfare services, clubs and societies.” My initial playing around reveals two challenges:

    1) It is unclear if international students will get accurate information as it has only two categories–domesteic and Commonwealth

    2) You need to know your ATAR score

    Running with Medicine as the searchword came up with 36 results. Clearly something is not right. Granted some have medical in the title like Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine) at University of Newcastle, but it really makes me wonder who did the programing if a Bachelor of arts in Communication & Media Studies n.e.c. from Southern Cross University can show up on the list?

    The website allows you to compare up to 8 universities at once, but the information provided is basic: ATAR scores and fees. Really? this is what 1.5 million bought you? So I would say the course search is a bust as is.

    The university compare feature is more robust:

    • graduate outcomes
    • student demographics
    • staff demographics
    • staff student ratio
    • campus locations
    • and most importantly student satisfaction by subject area.

    Let’s see where this will go.

    Top schools for recruiters

    at least according to The Wall Street Journal. What’s interesting is how few Ivies are on the list. No real surprise that flagship public universities dominate:

    1) they have the population

    2) mos cater to professional training (accounting, Engineering, etc).

    Certainly this list raises the question of how connected is your future college to the world of work. Be sure to check out a college’s career center to learn more about

    a) Whor ecruits there

    b) internships

    c) how they help you with resume, job search, interview preparation etc.

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    Penn State, with its main campus located in University Park, Pa., has undergraduates enrolled in more than 160 different majors. It has 20 undergraduate campuses, 10 of which offer University-owned housing. The school is 54% male and 46% female, representing 50 states and 131 countries. The average student/faculty ratio is 17:1.

    How majors match up

    • Accouting (5)
    • Business/Economics (11)
    • Computer Science (7)
    • Engineering (9)
    • Finance (6)
    • MIS (2)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Nov. 30
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    In-state $15,250; Out-of-state $27,114
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    38,630
    Admissions Phone:
    814-856-5471
    Admissions Email:
    admissions@psu.edu

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    This Texas school’s main campus is in College Station, about 100 miles northwest of Houston and 100 miles northeast of Austin. The school has 10 individual colleges and boasts more than 800 student organizations ranging from athletics and recreation to professional and community service.

    How majors match up

    • Finance (5)
    • Engineering (16)
    • Business (24)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Jan. 15; Dec. 1 (priority)
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    In-state $8,387; Out-of-state $22,817
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    38,810
    Admissions Phone:
    979-845-3741
    Admissions Email: admissions@tamu.edu

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    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, centrally located between Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis, has more than 150 majors and 1,000 student organizations. Students come from all 50 states and 118 countries. The school is 54% male and 46% female.

    How majors match up

    • Accounting (3)
    • Engineering (4)
    • Computer Science (9)
    • Business (10)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Jan. 2
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    In-state $13,658-$18,386; Out-of-state $27,800-$32,528
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    31,209
    Admissions Phone:
    217-333-0302
    Admissions Email: ugradadmissions@uiuc.edu

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    More than half of this Indiana university’s students are from the state (62%) with 38% coming from elsewhere. Its West Lafayette campus offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates along with 18 intercollegiate sports teams and more than 850 student organizations.

    How majors match up

    • MIS (1)
    • Engineering (2)
    • Computer Science (8)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Nov. 15, other programs March 1
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    In-state $9,070-$10,408; Out-of-state $26,622-$27,960
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    29,851
    Admissions Phone:
    765-494-1776
    Admissions Email: admissions@purdue.edu

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    Arizona State University is situated less than 15 miles from Phoenix, with four campuses in the metro Phoenix area, including an Arizona State air field for aviation students. The university offers 250 majors to its undergraduates — who are 71% in-state. There are 52% women compared to 48% men, and more than 30% of freshmen graduate in the top 10% of their high school class.

    How majors match up

    • Business (19)
    • Engineering (24)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Feb.1
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    In-state $8,132; Out-of-state $20,296
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    54,277
    Admissions Phone:
    480-965-7788
    Admissions Email: ugrading@asu.edu

    [PTP_MichLogo]

    This Michigan school’s campus is in Ann Arbor offers more than 200 undergraduate degree programs and several thousand undergraduate research opportunities. There are more than 150 first-year seminars, with no more than 15-18 students each. The university boasts the most living alumni in the world: more than 400,000.

    How majors match up

    • Business (1)
    • Finance (1)
    • Computer Science (3)
    • Accounting (6)
    • Engineering (6)
    • Marketing/Adv (7)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Nov. 1 (early); Feb. 1 (regular)

    Tuition (2010-2011): In-state: $11,837, Out-of-state: $36,001

    Undergraduate Enrollment: 26,208

    Admissions Phone: 734-764-7433

    Admissions Email: n/a

    [PTP_GeorgiaTech]

    Georgia Institute of Technology has nine schools and two outreach campuses — one in Savannah and the other in Metz, France. The student body is 64% male. More than 60% of the university’s students come from Georgia, with roughly 30% coming from out-of-state; another 10% are international students.

    How majors match up

    • Engineering (1)
    • MIS (3)
    • Computer Science (4)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Oct. 1 (early); Jan. 15 (regular)
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    In-state $8,716; Out-of-state $26,926
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    13,515
    Admissions Phone:
    404-894-4154
    Admissions Email: admission@gatech.edu

    [PTP_MarylandLog]

    This Maryland school’s campus, stretching 1,250 acres, is about 10 miles from Washington D.C. It enrolls 67% in-state students; the student body is made up of 47% women. There are 13 colleges and schools within the university, which offers 127 undergraduate majors.

    How majors match up

    • Engineering (3)
    • Accounting (7)
    • Computer Science (10)
    • Business (21)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Nov. 1 (priority); Jan. 20 (regular)
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    In-state $8,415.44; Out-of-state $24,830.44
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    26,542
    Admissions Phone:
    301-314-8385
    Admissions Email: um-admit@uga.umd.edu

    [PTP_UFLogo]

    University of Florida, located in Gainesville, is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. Its freshman retention rate hits 94%, with almost all students attending from in-state (97%). There are 60% women in the student body. Alumni, topping 330,000, live in all 50 states and 135 countries.

    How majors match up

    • Finance (12)
    • Business (23)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Nov. 1
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    In-state $5,045; Out-of-state $27,322
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    36,386
    Admissions Phone:
    352-392-1365
    Admissions Email: n/a

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    Carnegie Mellon, located in Pittsburgh, Penn., sits on 143 acres in its urban campus. The university boasts a student/faculty ratio of 10:1. It consists of seven schools and colleges with just 17% of students coming from in-state. The school’s motto “My heart is in the work,” comes straight from Andrew Carnegie.

    How majors match up

    • Computer Science (1)
    • Finance (4)
    • Business (7)
    • Engineering (21)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Nov. 1 (Early I); Dec. 1 (Early II); Jan. 1 (Regular)
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    $42,136
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    6,023
    Admissions Phone:
    412-268-2082
    Admissions Email:

    undergraduate-admissions@andrew.cmu.edu

    [PTPbyulogo]

    This Utah school’s campus is situated in Provo, about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. The most popular majors are exercise science, management and psychology. Students come from 110 countries and are almost evenly split between male and female. Almost one-quarter of students are married.

    How majors match up

    • Accounting (1)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Dec. 1 (Priority); Feb. 1 (Final)
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    Latter Day Saints $4,420; Non-Latter Day Saints $8,840
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    30,745
    Admissions Phone:
    801-422-2507
    Admissions Email: admissions@byu.edu

    [PTP_OhioLogo]

    Ohio State, located in Columbus, was founded in 1870 as a land-grant university. It’s the second-largest university campus in the United States, offering 14 colleges, 175 undergraduate majors and about 12,000 courses. Almost 80% of first-year classes have fewer than 40 students. The campus stretches across 1,700 acres and 457 buildings.

    How majors match up

    • Business (2)
    • Accounting (10)
    • Engineering (13)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Feb.1
    *Tuition (2009-2010):
    In-state $8,706; Out-of-state $22,278
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    41,348
    Admissions Phone:
    614-292-3980
    Admissions Email: askabuckeye@osu.edu

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    This school offers nine colleges and 65 bachelor’s degree programs. The main campus includes more than 125 buildings and 2,600 acres, which includes an airport. There’s an average of 16 students to every faculty member.

    How majors match up

    • Engineering (5)
    • Computer Science (5)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Nov. 1 (Early); Jan. 15 (Regular)
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    In-state $9,458; Out-of-state $23,217
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    23,558
    Admissions Phone:
    540-231-6267
    Admissions Email: vtadmiss@vt.edu

    [PTP_CornellLogo]

    This Ivy League school is located in the Finger Lakes region of central New York, about 225 miles to New York City. There are more than 500 student organizations, with attendees coming from all 50 states and more than 100 nations. Undergraduates pursue studies in more than 80 academic programs in the university’s seven undergraduate colleges.

    How majors match up

    • Engineering (7)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Nov. 1 (Early); Jan. 3 (Regular)
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    $39,450
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    13,931
    Admissions Phone:
    607-255-5241
    Admissions Email: admissions@cornell.edu

    [PTP_BerkeleyLog]

    This Northern California school’s Berkeley campus is just 15 miles from San Francisco. Almost three-quarters of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. There are 14 colleges and schools with 130 academic departments and more than 80 interdisciplinary research units.

    How majors match up

    • Computer Science (2)
    • Marketing/Adv (3)
    • Finance (3)
    • Business (6)
    • Accounting (8)
    • Engineering (12)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Nov. 30

    Tuition (2010-2011): In-state $12,462; Out-of-state $35,341

    Undergraduate Enrollment: 25,530

    Admissions Phone: 510-642-3175

    Admissions Email: ouars@uclink4.berkeley.edu

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    This Wisconsin school’s campus in Madison sits on almost 1,000 acres. The university also has an arboretum and experimental farms. About 65% of students are Wisconsin residents, 24% out-of-state and 11% come from Minnesota; the school offers discounted tuition to Minnesotans.

    How majors match up

    • Accounting (2)
    • Marketing/Adv (5)
    • Finance (8)
    • Engineering (20)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Nov. 1 (First Notification Period); Feb. 1 (Second Notification Period)
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    In-state $9,050; Minnesota resident: $10,820 Out-of-state $24,300
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    30,343
    Admissions Phone:
    608-262-3961
    Admissions Email: onwisconsin@admissions.wisc.edu

    [PTP_UCLALogo]

    This California school is situated in Westwood Village in Los Angeles, about five miles from the Pacific Ocean. There are 174 buildings on 419 acres. It has 12 professional schools with 118 undergraduate degree programs. There are more than 4,000 teaching faculty.

    How majors match up

    • Finance (7)
    • Accounting (9)
    • Business (17)
    • Engineering (19)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Nov. 30
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    In-state $10,781; Out-of-state $33,660
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    26,687
    Admissions Phone:
    310-825-3101
    Admissions Email: ugadm@saonet.ucla.edu

    [PTP_TexasTechLo]

    Texas Tech is located in Lubbock in the South Plains of West Texas. It boasts students from every county in Texas — about 95% of students are in-state. The school offers 150 undergraduate degree programs within 11 academic colleges. The school, founded in 1923, is in the Big 12 conference.

    • Engineering (25)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: May 1

    Tuition (2010-2011): In-state $8,260; Out-of-state $17,560

    Undergraduate Enrollment: 24,236

    Admissions Phone: 806-742-1480

    Admissions Email: admissions@ttu.edu

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    North Carolina State, an NCAA Division I university, has 10 undergraduate colleges serving students from all North Carolina counties. The majority of students — 91% — comes from in-state, and just more than half –56% — are male.

    How majors match up

    • Engineering (15)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Oct. 15 (Early Action 1); Nov. 1 (Early Action 2); Feb. 1 (Regular)
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    In-state $5,829; Out-of-state $18,314
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    25,255
    Admissions Phone:
    919-515-2434
    Admissions Email: undergrad—admissions@ncsu.edu

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    Thomas Jefferson founded this school, located in Charlottesville, in 1819. It offers more than 60 majors in six undergraduate schools. Almost three-quarters are Virginian, with 54% women and 46% men. The university offers more than 480 public service and outreach programs.

    How majors match up

    • Business (9)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Jan. 1
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    In-state $10,836; Out-of-state $33,782
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    17,981
    Admissions Phone:
    434-982-3200
    Admissions Email: undergradadmission@virginia.edu

    This New Jersey school’s main campus is in New Brunswick, about 35 miles from New York City. There are 27 schools and colleges offering more than 100 major undergraduate programs. Almost all — 96% — students are in-state, with 45% of the student body comprised of women ..

    How majors match up

    • Business (3)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Nov. 1 (Early); Dec. 1 (Regular)

    Tuition (2010-2011): In-state $12,560; Out-of-state $24,316

    Undergraduate Enrollment: 29,095

    Admissions Phone: 732-932-4636

    Admissions Email: admissions@ugadm.rutgers.edu

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    Notre Dame, founded in 1842, is an independent, national Catholic university adjacent to South Bend, Ind. and 90 miles east of Chicago. It stretches across 1,250 acres containing two lakes with 138 buildings in its four colleges and six major research institutes. The school also offers more than 40 centers and special programs. Just 7% of students come from Indiana.

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Nov. 1 (Early); Dec. 31 (Regular)

    Tuition (2010-2011): $39,919

    Undergraduate Enrollment: 8,372

    Admissions Phone: 574-631-7505

    Admissions Email: admissions@nd.edu

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    This Massachusetts school’s main campus is in Cambridge, extending 168 acres, some of which across the Charles River Basin. The school accepted 10.7% of applicants in 2009, with just 10% in-state.

    How majors match up

    • Engineering (8)
    • Computer Science (6)

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Nov. 1 (Early); Jan. 1 (Regular)
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    $39,212
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    4,232
    Admissions Phone:
    617-253-3400
    Admissions Email: admissions@mit.edu

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    This California school’s campus is in University Park, the heart of Los Angeles’ downtown arts and education corridor. A little more than half of the students are Californians, and the school enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university. Out of almost 36,000 applicants, 24% were admitted. The student body is made up of 53% women.

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Oct. 15 (Part 1); Dec. 1 (Scholarship Consideration); Jan. 10 (Regular)
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    $41,172
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    16,751
    Admissions Phone:
    213-740-1111
    Admissions Email: admitusc@usc.edu

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    Four campuses with 12 colleges make up this Washington school, which is across the state — or about 300 miles — east of Seattle. There are four campuses with 12 colleges offering more than 200 fields of study and more than 100 majors. The student/faculty ratio is 15:1.

    Upcoming Application Deadline: Jan. 31 (Priority)
    Tuition (2010-2011):
    In-state $9,488; Out-of-state $20,530
    Undergraduate Enrollment:
    21,726
    Admissions Phone:
    509-335-5586
    Admissions Email: admiss2@wsu.ed

    25. (tie) University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

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    Set in the town of Chapel Hill, this flagship state university has a diverse student body and offers 77 majors for undergraduates. Nearly 80% of the school’s freshman are typically in the top 10% of their high school class.

    Upcoming Application Deadline:
    Tuition (2010-2011): In-state ; Out-of-state
    Undergraduate Enrollment: 17,981
    Admissions Phone: 919-966-3621
    Admissions Email: unchelp@admissions.unc.edu

    Personality testing and college search

    Today I gave a workshop on using personality testing in the college search process. The site we used:

    Shanghai American School Guidance website.

    Some great books on personality profiles (some college or career specific):

    Study in China

    Why not?

    It seems like everyone has China on the mind–what with 10% growth, the Olympics, the longest subway lines in the world and now the World’s expo, not to mention, food, pandas, walls and more. I have often beedasked about earning a degree in English in China, but honestly have had little luck finding more than a handful of programs. Until now.

    Four universities offer degrees related to law like International Economic Law atShenyang Normal University

    Eleven universities offer programs related to economics like International Economics and Trade (in English) at Zhejiang University of Science and Technology

    Wenzhou University offers all sorts of courses in sciences.

    Twenty three programs involving medicine–most are TCM, but there are some interesting surprises.

    Where am I getting this great information?

    China’s University and college admission system. CUCAS is

    An official organization offering international students allocation service for China’s universities.
    An authorized service provider with online enrollment technical solutions for China’s universities.

    Pre-Med: The Expert Choice

    Here is a list I stumbled on for schools with great pre-med programs:

    • #  Amherst College  (Amherst, MA)
    • # Bates College (Lewiston, ME) (6 scholarships available)
    • # Bates College (Lewiston, ME) (6 scholarships available)
    • # Brown University (Providence, RI) (8 scholarships available)
    • # Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) (12 scholarships available)
    • # Carleton College (Northfield, MN) (9 scholarships available)
    • # Colgate University (Hamilton, NY) (9 scholarships available)
    • # College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) (5 scholarships available)
    • # Emory University (Atlanta, GA) (34 scholarships available)
    • # Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA) (3 scholarships available)
    • # Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA) (3 scholarships available)
    • # Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) (11 scholarships available)
    • # Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) (14 scholarships available)
    • # Knox College (Galesburg, IL) (10 scholarships available)
    • # Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) (12 scholarships available)
    • # Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) (15 scholarships available)
    • # Pomona College (Claremont, CA) (15 scholarships available)
    • # St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO) (12 scholarships available)
    • # St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) (9 scholarships available)
    • # Stanford University (Stanford, CA) (16 scholarships available)
    • # University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) (12 scholarships available)
    • # University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) (8 scholarships available)
    • # Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) (4 scholarships available)
    • # Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) (27 scholarships available)

    Unfortunately no description is given for how they came up with the list or who the experts are. Certainly these schools do have excellent programs and allow students to connect with their professors.

    Still, the list is from a new website called Inside Colleges, whose publisher makes the excellent College Finder. I suspect I will be spending some fun time there. Here are some lists to get you going:

    Starting your college search part 4: Dont listen to your friends.

    2. Be Open Minded
    I can guarantee you that there are schools that would be the perfect fit for you, but you’ve never heard of them! The school that many students end up at may not have been their “dream school” at the start. But once they research it, they realize it’s the school for them.

    Unfortunately, we live in what I like to call a “bumper sticker society.” Everyone chooses a college according to what name makes the most attractive bumper sticker, one they can display with pride. There are close to 4,000 institutions of higher education in this country, and I guarantee you there is more than one school for you. Take the time to do the research, and when a college counselor, Web site, or search engine suggests a school, keep an open mind.

    3. Step Foot On Campus
    Would you ever buy a house without visiting it? Would you buy a car without test-driving it? You could, but it’s not a safe bet.

    Remember that all college brochures, Web sites, and promotional videos will be attractive. These are good tools to start with, but how do you find out what the school is really like? Visiting schools is the best way to learn whether or not it is a good fit for you.

    Take the official tours (admissions officers like to know when you are on campus), but also talk to students and hang out in the student center. Pick up the campus newspaper and read about the issues students are writing about. It will give you a sense of what students care about. There is a feeling you get when you physically walk onto a college campus. You know then and there – this is it, or you want to run in the other direction. Either reaction is fine. That’s the whole point of the visit.

    4. Do Not Listen To Your Friends
    Every student is different and has individual needs. One of the worst ways to make a decision about where to go to college is to follow a friend because he or she is having a good time at that school.

    Every year I hear students talking about schools that are “hot.” These are trends. Don’t choose a school because your friends think it’s a fun place. Becoming an adult means making your own decisions based on what is right for you, despite what others think.

    5. Have Fun
    Most students don’t realize that looking for a college should be fun. Thinking about where you will spend the next stage of your life can be truly invigorating and exciting. If you start this process early and don’t wait until two weeks before applications are due, you can truly enjoy looking for your school.

    Plan road trips to see colleges, visit local college fairs, spend time on social networking sites learning about schools (they all Facebook, Twitter, etc), and feel free to ask admissions officers to connect you with college students on campus if you have questions. It’s meant to be fun and exciting. Make it so!